Friday, September 28, 2012

S'mores Popcorn

We had to end this week with a bang! S'mores popcorn! I am in love with all things S'mores as everyone knows so when i found this recipe I was excited. It starts with this Caramel Popcorn and is topped with marshmallows, golden grahams, and lots of chocolate! Its delicious people. Its crunchy from the golden grahams and popcorn, the marshmallows add some softness to all the crunchy and the silky smooth chocolate brings it all together. The next time you make popcorn make this!


S'mores Popcorn
Recipe Source: 30HandMadeDays.com

3 cups Mini Marshmallows
3 cups Golden Graham Cereal
1 - 12oz pkg Semi Sweet Chocolate Chip

1. Spread the caramel popcorn on 2 parchment lined cookie sheets. Sprinkle the marshmallows, golden grahams on top of the caramel popcorn.

2. In a microwave safe bowl place the chocolate chips and melt on 50% power in 30 second increments stirring in between each until melted. Then drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn. Put in the fridge to set the chocolate and eat!
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cinnabon Popcorn

Cinnabon makes my favorite cinnamon rolls. I get one every time I go to the mall. I found this cinnamon roll recipe and it rivals those delicious cinnamon rolls. So when I started looking for some yummy popcorn recipes and came across this Cinnabon popcorn recipe I knew it was for me! It lives up to its name. Its sweet, cinnamony, and a snack I will be making more frequently than I probably should!


Cinnabon Popcorn
Recipe Source: Remodelaholic.com

1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 cup Butter
1/4 cup Corn Syrup
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

To be sure there weren’t any kernels, pour the popped corn into a bowl and tossed it a bit. Then remove a small handful at a time, and place the kernel free popcorn into a large mixing bowl.

Make the caramel
1. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon in a large microwaveable bowl and mix well to combine. Add butter and corn syrup and microwave on high for 30 seconds, then stir so its combined. Return to the microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Remove and stir. Microwave for 2 more minutes. Then remove and whisk in the vanilla and baking soda. Mixture will foam a little. Drizzle the caramel over the popcorn and stir until evenly coated.

2. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Pour caramel covered popcorn onto the foil. Place in the oven and bake at 250°F for 30 minutes, stir every 10 minutes.
 
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Kettle Corn

Whenever we go to the state fair we always get kettle corn. Its kind of a tradition. We were just there and the kettle corn was so delicious I needed to find a recipe so I could make it myself. I searched and found one. Its sweet, salty, a little crunchy and so good. This is one to try!


Kettle Corn
Recipe Source: Oprah.com

12 cups Popped Popcorn
4 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
2 teaspoons Salt

Place popped popcorn in a large bowl. On the stove in a small saucepan combine the vegetable oil and the sugar on low and stir until the sugar has melted. Pour the sugar/oil mixture over the popcorn and stir well then sprinkle the salt and mix again. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Caramel Popcorn

When I told you had a bunch of great popcorn recipes for you this week, I wasn't kidding! We are starting the week off with the best caramel popcorn I've had. Ever. Its sweet, crunchy, and I cant stop eating it! 

At the end of the recipe it says to bake for 45 minutes, if you like chewy popcorn don't bake it and enjoy!


Caramel Popcorn
Recipe Source: AllRecipes.com

1 cup Salted Butter, softened
2 cups Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Corn Syrup
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
20 cups Popped Popcorn

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place popcorn in a very large bowl.

2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda and vanilla. Pour over the popcorn and stir making sure to coat all of it.

3. Place the popcorn on two large cookie sheets and bake, stirring every 15 minutes, for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Air Popped Popcorn

I have found some sweet and delicious popcorn recipes. The only problem is that I don't have a popcorn machine so I went searching for how to pop popcorn without a machine. Turns out its easy and all it requires is popcorn kernels, a paper lunch sack, a microwave, and 1 minute 30 seconds. Get making popcorn because next week I've got some yummy recipes for you!!


Air Popped Popcorn
Recipe Source: Remodelaholic.com

3 Tablespoons Popcorn Kernels
1 Paper Lunch Sack

Place the popcorn kernels in the lunch sack. Fold the top of the sack down a half inch and then fold it down a half inch again, and then fold the fold in half. Put it in the microwave laying down. Set the microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds. And let it pop!
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

5 Minute Ice Cream

My husband loves homemade ice cream. When we got married we made sure we got an ice cream maker. Turns out it takes a lot longer than you would think to make homemade ice cream and the ice cream maker we got isn't very good, so we can't make it. So I went in search of an easier way to make ice cream and I found it. 5 minutes people, literally 5 minutes. Its so simple, rich, and creamy. A great way to end your summer!



5 Minute Ice Cream
Recipe Source: Spoonful.com

1 cup Half and Half
2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Rock Salt
1 Gallon Ziploc Bag
1 Sandwich Ziploc Bag
Ice Cubes

1. Fill the gallon bag halfway full of ice and add the rock salt.

2. Pour the half and half, sugar, and vanilla into the sandwich bag, and seal it.

3. Place the sandwich bag inside the gallon bag and close it. Wrap in a kitchen towel and shake until the mixture is frozen, it takes about 5 minutes. Spoon into a dish and enjoy!

I shared this at
Totally Tasty Tuesdays
Too Cute Tuesday 
Sweets for a Saturday
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Chocolate Mousse Pie

Are you ready for the best chocolate mousse pie you've ever eaten. I'm serious. THE BEST. Its rich, creamy, and chocolatey. And its lightened with a mascarpone cream topping. This is your new holiday pie, everyone will love it!


Chocolate Mousse Pie

1 pre-baked Pie Crust
2 Eggs, separated
1/2 teaspoons Vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup Milk
3 cups Heavy Cream
1 cup Mascarpone
1 cup Granulated Sugar
Chocolate Shavings

1. In a stand mixer beat together egg whites, vinegar, and salt until stiff. Gradually add 1/2 cup of sugar and continue beating until stiff. Spread meringue over bottom and up sides of pre-cooked pie shell. Bake in 325° oven for 15-18 minutes until lightly golden. Set aside and cool.

2. Melt the chopped chocolate with milk in the microwave for 30 second increments stirring after each. Lightly beat egg yolks and whisk into chocolate mixture until well blended. Spread 4 tablespoons of chocolate mixture over cooked meringue. Place the rest of the chocolate in the fridge to chill.

3. Beat together heavy cream, mascarpone, and 1 cup of sugar until very thick. Divide in half. Fold one half into the chilled chocolate and spoon this mixture evenly over the chocolate painted pie crusts. Add the rest of the cream/mascarpone mixture on top. Top with chocolate shavings. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

I shared this at
Totally Tasty Tuesdays 
Sweets for a Saturday
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Chocolate Marshmallows

When I was telling people I was going to make marshmallows they thought I was crazy. They keep saying 'you just buy marshmallows'. But its totally worth making them yourself, especially chocolate ones. They are light, fluffy, and creamy. Try it, you may not buy marshmallows again.


Chocolate Marshmallows
Recipe Source: Paula Deen's Chocolate Magazine

3 Tablespoons Unflavored Gelatin
1 cup Cold Water
1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa
1/4 cup Boiling Water
2 cups Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
2 Egg Whites
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Chocolate Extract
1/4 teaspoon Salt
Semisweet Ground Chocolate

1. Lightly spray a 9inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and dust with cocoa powder. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water and set aside. In a separate small bowl combine 1/4 cup cocoa and 1/4 cup boiling water and set it aside.

3. In a small saucepan combine the sugar, corn syrup, and the remaining 1/2 cup of cold water over medium high heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. Then cook, without stirring, until your candy thermometer reaches 240 degrees.

4. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat egg whites, vanilla, chocolate extract, and salt at a high speed until stiff peaks form.

5. In another bowl combine the gelatin mixture, cocoa mixture, and the hot syrup mixture. Beat at the highest speed the mixer will go until its thick and triples in volume. It will take about 4 minutes. Fold in the egg white mixture. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the sweetened ground chocolate.

6. Chill for 2 hours or until set. Cut marshmallows into 2 inch squares.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cookies and Cream Brownies

I love brownies. I love cookies and cream. Together its delicious. This brownie is rich, has cookies and cream bits in the brownie an its topped with rich, creamy cookies and cream frosting. Watch out cause you wont be able to stop eating them!


Cookies and Cream Brownies
Recipe Source: BlueBonnetsandBrownies.com

Brownie Batter, use your favorite or a mix
1 large Cookies and Cream Bar
15 Oreos
1/4 cup Salted Butter, softened
4 oz Cream Cheese, softened
1-2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
2 cups Powdered Sugar

1. Preheat oven according to brownie directions. Line an 8×8 pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Roughly chop the cookies and cream bar and 10 of the Oreos. Fold into the brownie batter and pour into prepared pan. Bake until brownies are set. Let cool completely.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla on medium until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat on low until just mixed. Add one tablespoon of heavy cream and beat on high for one minute. Until light and fluffy.

4. Crush remaining 5 Oreos and fold into frosting. If frosting is too thick, add another tablespoon of cream. Spread cooled frosting on brownies.
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